26 August 2009

driving the back roads~





There is something about taking the road less traveled.



Driving through the heartland of this incredible country.





Amber fields of grain,




endless wildflowers,




fantastic old barns.




There is something about stopping in the smallest of towns.




The cafes. The old gas stations. The antique stores.






seeing the flowers your mom grew when you were a child~






There is something magical about being alone in your car. Turning up the radio. The summer sun. The meandering country roads...






38 comments:

moa said...

oh - so lovely story, and photos, mimmi!

moa

The Little Red Shop said...

: )

Julie M.

Simply Mel said...

...and singing as loud as you can along with your favorite country song! Ahhhh summer!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Love each and every image! Beautiful:)

The Consummate Hostess said...

What a lovely post! I like to stop in the small cafes and at farmer's stands along the way.

Philigry said...

oh,it sounds just heavenly! I love to do that. we always call it taking the sexy way home. I never take the interatate anymore. besides, you never know what you will find on the side of the road!

junkrescuerbeth said...

Your post today made me itchy to grab my purse and keys and hit the road! We have a small road trip planned for Sunday to eastern Washington. I will try to be a responsible citizen and keep my nose to the grindstone until then!

Beth of Salvage Studio

blondiensc said...

Amen!!! I love being alone in my car and if I had scenery like that, I would be double excited!
xo

Kimberly said...

These are lovely photos...
We always take the back roads, and we have two day trips this weekend. Saturday we are going to the charming town of Hico, TX to spend my Birthday shopping (just what my hubby wanted to do, I'm sure), and Sunday we will be heading west to Wichita Falls for my gandmothers 100th b-day! Both days we will travel the roads less traveled and re-connect. I can't wait!
xxx kim

Laura said...

You know me well. This post speaks to my heart.
:) Laura

Jacqueline said...

One of my favourite pastimes...driving in the country, in England...favourite music...stop at the pub (no drinking if I'm driving please note!!!)...Absolutely marvelous. XXXX

Tracey said...

Alone time in the car, with no screaming children, is heavenly!!! Love your photos!

:) T

Drawn to The Sea said...

Oh yes, & yes again. So pleasant to commune with nature, alone with your thoughts & a camera. Beautiful shots, Miss Mimi.

Laura Trevey said...

What a lovely post ~~ and beautiful photos!

xo Laura

NicNacManiac said...

Alone time....to think...to sing...to sing some more!! Your pictures and commentary are lovely...so inspiring...as always!!

Lori said...

What wonderful pictures Kim ~ loving the one of the railroad tracks! Small towns are so quaint and I too love meandering my way through them. I hope you also has good music and sang your heart out!

Joyce said...

Sweet- I love taking the back roads. xoxo

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

all so lovely, especially love the barn!
Karen

Dustjacket Attic said...

Oh wow honey, that really did it for me! I'm so nostalgic right now!
xoxo

jules said...

love all the photos. great inspiration. thanks for your message on my blog. so excited as this blogging is new to me....we are off to stay with some friends at their beach house tomorrow...photos to follow. ta for now, jules

Torie Jayne said...

So many gorgeous images, I love the barn, x

Morgane said...

your pictures are so beautiful ! They reflect exactly what you want to show : calm , old part of town ,time seems to have been stoped !
that's exaclty what i would want to see if i visite one day usa !

Kasey said...

beautiful pics...
i live where there are a million backroads...and have been working on my "old door" collection.

Barn House said...

love the pix and story...

paige said...

at the risk of sounding corny i must confess that i am so blessed each time i drop by.
your words are lovely
& the images always touch me.

you have such a gift
your blog is delightful
xo

Nora Johnson said...

Alone in the car. No kids. Beautiful countryside. Paradise!

Lovely post as always.

Hope you're having a great week!

xLola:)

FrenchGardenHouse said...

such a lovely post, on so many levels! And the fall post? sigh...just perfect right about now.
xoxo Lidy

Heather Cameron said...

What Beautiful Images! So peaceful - they make me want to take a roadtrip. I always love taking the back roads. You never know what you will find
Heather

Clarity said...

That is so gorgeous. I love all the photographs and now I want to take a roadtrip through your country.

I also adore pictures of paths and roads - have you read Kerouac?

Nancy*McKay said...

...yes...and don't those back roads, high roads & low roads seem to lead us back...home...

MODERN Prairie Girl said...

Great images! I do love the barn ones myself...can't get enough of zee barns :) Looking forward to meeting you in person at BH on the 12th. Enjoy these very last day of summer.

Gigi said...

Yes! These photos capture that feeling perfectly. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic now . . .

Kristin said...

To the last line I could not agree more! To all those moments that give the heart rest and a big ole smile!

Happy day to you!

Clementina said...

My roads are the back hills of Wine Country, not far from home. What a lovely post!

Brenda said...

You're so right. I think it brings out the nostalgia in us. That little daydream evokes a magical time, when moments seemed more like minutes. And people didn't lock their doors. Solitude, open roads. It make us think. Be grateful. Dream little dreams.
Brenda

Relyn said...

I do love a good road trip. I can feel the breeze and hear the tunes as I look at these images.

Alicia said...

Country charm at its finest Kim. I adore your images. From Savannah to Charleston we took the back roads & there were a few moments where I expcected Andy Griffith to pop around the corner.
The road less travelled is always the road fuilled with more memories.

Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk said...

I wholeheartedly agree with you. Lovely post!